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Tasmania's Affordable Housing Strategy

The State Government has delivered on its commitment to deliver a ten year strategy to improve access to affordable, safe and appropriate homes for all Tasmanians.

Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2015-2025 provides a comprehensive approach to prevent, intervene and respond to housing affordability issues and help those most vulnerable to housing stress and homelessness.

This Strategy is supported by an Action Plan 2015-2019 that provides $73.5 million in investment over the four years that will see almost 1 600 vulnerable Tasmanian households housed, which will be supported by the construction of over 900 new homes.

The Strategy was developed through extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including the housing supply sector and support service sector.

There are eight Immediate Initiatives and 19 Actions within the Action Plan. There are also two housing-related initiatives under Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020.

The range of initiatives will provide housing and support options according to housing need including:

Home Ownership Initiatives

HomeShare (250 Homes)

Assistance is provided for 250 people on low to moderate incomes to buy their own homes through the HomeShare shared equity scheme.

Streets Ahead Incentive Program (150 Homes)

Increased deposit assistance of $12 000 is provided for150 people on low to moderate incomes to purchase Housing Tasmania dwellings.

Supply Initiatives

Shovel Ready/Private Developer (27 Homes)

Private developers will build new social housing properties to increase the supply of social housing.

Community Housing Stock Leverage Program (172 New Homes - 31Upgraded Homes)

Community housing organisations will deliver new social housing properties and upgrade existing properties for priority applicants on the Housing Register. This initiative will contribute to the redevelopment of the public housing portfolio.

Targeted Early Intervention Initiatives

Devonport Supported Accommodation Facility (25 Units)

A new Supported Accommodation Facility in Devonport will provide accommodation for 25 young people. Young people will be supported to achieve their goals associated with living skills and education and training outcomes.

Youth Castles (5 Homes)

Five Castles will be provided. This a pilot project to test the design requirements and effectiveness of ‘micro housing’ as an immediate, short-term option for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Tasmania.

Rapid Response Initiatives

Youth at Response Centre (8 Units)

This will provide a drop‑in centre and short‑term supported accommodation. The Centre will assist young people who have come to the attention of children and youth services and the justice system.

Dad and Kids Accommodation (9 Units)

Hobart City Mission will provide a nine unit, transitional/medium-term accommodation facility, for homeless men and their kids.

Women and Kids Crisis Shelter (63 Units - Family Violence Action Plan)

The Women and Kids Crisis Shelter will be redeveloped at a new site with additional 30 per cent capacity to provide crisis accommodation for women and their children.

Rapid Rehousing (50 Units - Family Violence Action Plan)

There will be 50 units of accommodation provided statewide for people affected by family violence.

The Action Plan is well underway to achieving the target of assisting 1 600 households with safe and affordable housing. Regular updates are available in the Quarterly Housing Reports below.

Strategy and Action Plan

Quarterly Reports